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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Shrub, tree, generally dioecious (rarely monoecious)
Stem: trunk < 40 m; wood soft; bark smooth, bitter; buds scaly
Leaves simple, alternate, deciduous; stipules generally deciduous, often large
Inflorescence: catkin, generally appearing before leaves; each flower subtended by disk or 12 nectary glands and 1 bract
Flower: perianth 0
Staminate flower: stamens 1many
Pistillate flower: pistil 1, ovary superior, chamber 1, stigma lobes 24
Seeds many; hairs fine, white, cottony
Fruit: capsule; valves 24
Genera in family: 2 genera, 340 species: generally temp (except Australia, Malay Archipelago) moist places; many cultivated. Hybridization common; identification often difficult. Family description, key to genera by John O. Sawyer, Jr.
Shrub, tree, dioecious; bud scale 1, not sticky, margins generally fused (or free, overlapping)
Stem: twigs generally flexible and not glaucous
Leaf: blade linear to widely obovate, entire to toothed, generally ± hairy
Inflorescence: dense catkin emerging before, with, or after leaves, sessile or on a short leafy shoot; bract subtending each flower
Flower: perianth 0
Staminate flower: stamens 18
Pistillate flower: ovary stalked or sessile, style 1 or 0, stigmas 2, each sometimes 2-lobed; nectaries 1several, generally rod-like, generally between inflorescence axis and flower
Fruit: valves 2
Species in genus: ± 400 species: ± worldwide, especially n temp, arctic
Etymology: (Latin: ancient name)
Reference: [Argus 1986 Syst Bot Monog 9:1170; Dorn 1976 Canad J Bot 54:27692789]
Difficult, highly variable. Not all specimens will key easily; sprout shoots and other extreme forms are not included in keys, may require field comparison for identification. Studies of variation, hybridization needed.
Shrub < 5 m
Stem: twigs brownish, brittle at base, glaucous, hairy, becoming glabrous
Leaves: young leaves white- or white-and-rusty-silky; mature blade 4085 mm, lanceolate, elliptic, or oblanceolate, acute or acuminate (base acute or wedge-shaped), entire to shallowly crenate, slightly rolled under, lower surface glaucous, generally obscured by dense, silky, white (or white and rusty) hairs, upper surface becoming glabrous
Inflorescence appearing before leaves, 15110 mm, sessile; flower bract brown to black
Staminate flower: stamens 2
Pistillate flower: ovary silky, style 0.51.5 mm, stalk 0.32 mm
Ecology: Streamsides, subalpine red-fir forests
Elevation: 22003000 m.
Bioregional distribution: c&s High Sierra Nevada
Distribution outside California: to w Canada, Nevada, New Mexico
Synonyms: var. subcoerulea (Piper) C.R. Ball
Hybrids with S. jepsonii C.K. Schneid. have long, slender stigmas, dark bracts; like S. geyeriana Andersson.
Horticultural information: WET: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 18.